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Friends, in today’s Gospel, we find Mary Magdalene weeping by the tomb of the risen Lord. She then sees Jesus and doesn’t recognize him immediately. 

In a wonderful detail, she thinks he’s the gardener. In the book of Genesis, God, the gardener of Eden, walked with his creatures in easy friendship. Sin, the sundering of the loop of grace, put an end to those intimate associations.

Throughout the history of salvation, God had been trying to reestablish friendship. Through the death of Jesus, through that tomb placed right in the garden, he accomplished his goal. So now, in Christ, he appears again as a gardener. “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni.’”

Then Jesus says: “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers . . .” The not clinging has to do with the call to proclaim. The idea is not to hang on to Jesus but to announce what he has accomplished. The content of the proclamation is, once again, that we have become the intimates of God: “My Father and your Father . . . my God and your God.”

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

Easter Octave

Tuesday

April 19

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Monday

April 18

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Sunday

April 17

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Easter

Holy Week

Saturday

April 16

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Holy Saturday

Friday

April 15

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Good Friday

Thursday

April 14

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Holy Thursday

Wednesday

April 13

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Tuesday

April 12

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Monday

April 11

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Sunday

April 10

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Palm Sunday

5th week of Lent

Saturday

April 9

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Friday

April 8

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Thursday

April 7

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Wednesday

April 6

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Tuesday

April 5

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Monday

April 4

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Sunday

April 3

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4th week of Lent

Saturday

April 2

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Friday

April 1

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Thursday

March 31

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Wednesday

March 30

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Tuesday

March 29

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Monday

March 28

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Sunday

March 27

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3rd week of Lent

Saturday

March 26

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Friday

March 25

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Annunciation

Thursday

March 24

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Wednesday

March 23

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Tuesday

March 22

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Monday

March 21

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Sunday

March 20

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2nd week of Lent

Saturday

March 19

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St. Joseph

Friday

March 18

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Thursday

March 17

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Wednesday

March 16

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Tuesday

March 15

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Monday

March 14

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Sunday

March 13

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1st week of Lent

Saturday

March 12

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Friday

March 11

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Thursday

March 10

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Wednesday

March 9

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Tuesday

March 8

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Monday

March 7

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Sunday

March 6

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Week of Ash Wednesday

Saturday

March 5

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Friday

March 4

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Thursday

March 3

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